That’s the secret to Mr. Obama “mastery” of foreign policy.
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Israel — and the threat it faces from Iran — is Obama’s greatest failure. Obama has been in office for nearly four years, but he has yet to visit Israel. His enmity toward Prime Minister Netanyahu has led to Israel’s isolation. The gap between the two men means that when Israel decides to take military action against Iran, as it must, we will probably not know anything about it until the operation is underway. The distrust between the two leaders is that great.
England, whose Prime Minister reportedly was tucked in bed on Air Force One by Obama on the return flight from an NCAA basketball game, may have thought that the “special relationship” forged by FDR and Churchill was still alive. That thought evaporated after Obama’s declaration that America was neutral in the face of Argentina’s revival of the Falkland Islands dispute over which it began a war with the UK thirty years ago.
Poland, which was promised a ground-based missile defense system by President Bush, was stunned by Obama’s sudden reversal. He promised, instead, a sea-based system that our Navy lacks the numbers of ships to provide, and which has no plan or budget to build them.
As badly as our allies have been treated, Obama has embraced our enemies as much or more. Iran, Syria, North Korea, and Pakistan openly support Islamist terrorism around the globe. Saudi Arabia, hiding under cover of secretive Islamic banking transactions, is still funding terrorist groups. Russian opposition to missile defenses for Europe is likely the principal subject of Obama’s sotto voce message for Putin that he’ll have “more flexibility” once he’s re-elected.
Obama’s appeasement of Iran is manifest. Congress passed increased sanctions against Iran last year. In March, Obama exempted Japan and ten European nations from compliance with those sanctions. Iran’s nuclear program continues without any effective American action against it.
All told, Obama’s actions are succeeding in his one goal: to push all the decisions Americans care about past Election Day. In that, and only in that, is his mastery of foreign policy evident.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?